A little bit more progress to report on the layout.
After years of using cardboard or foam board to make the profile boards for my mountains, I decided to try something a tad more substantial this time.
In my necessary quest to save money by using what I have on hand, I took some hardboard scraps I had laying around and tacked them to the back of the layout and drew my mountain profile on them. Then I took them loose and cut them with a jigsaw. Since the scraps were all manner of colors from black to sky blue backdrop color I dug around in my paint box and found some gloss black paint and blasted them all black. Doesn't matter, it's going to be hidden anyway but I wanted to give things some uniformity to look at while I worked on the layout between now and the plaster stage. I used gloss black instead of flat because again, it's what I "have on hand".
I then reattached the pieces to the layout and covered the seams with some black tape. What looks like a continuous piece in the pic is actually three odd pieces of hardboard. I will use this profile board to attach my web of cardboard strips to and then cover it with plaster soaked paper towels. Should end up with a strong mountain side.
This deal of using all my train stuff and building stuff that I already have without going out and buying too much stuff got me to thinking.
I wonder how many of us could put together a credible small layout or diorama just using stuff we have collected up over the years and didn't use on our big layouts? Would be a neat challenge.
May the work of the incomparable John Allen
"The Wizard of Monterey" continue to live on in our hearts and minds and inspire us all!
Check out the "San Miguel RR" here